India recorded a stunning 36-run win over defending champions Australia at the Kennington Oval in London in the ICC Cricket World Cup last night. It was the Men in Blue’s second consecutive win of the tournament. They are third in the 10-team table but have played a game less than leaders New Zealand and second placed England. Team India produced an exceptional all-round performance to pip five-time champions Australia against whom the Men in Blue had won just one of their last seven World Cup matches before last night’s game at the Kennington Oval.
Opting to bat, the Men in Blue rode on man of the match Shikhar Dhawan’s 117 and his 127-run opening wicket stand with Rohit Sharma. India post 352 for 5, the highest total by any side against the Aussies in World Cups. Dhawan’s century was India’s 27th ton, most by any team in World Cup history. Rohit, who scored 57, became the fastest Indian to make 2,000 runs against the Kangaroos in ODIs.
Skipper Virat Kohli made 82, which was his 50th half century in one dayers. Defending 353, India then dismissed Australia for 316 to record their second consecutive victory after an opening win over South Africa. India will next play New Zealand on Thursday. Today, South Africa will take on the West Indies at Southampton. The match will begin at 3 PM (Indian Standard Time).